China protests Dalai Lama’s visit to Mongolia

2011-11-08 09:05

Beijing – China says it has protested Mongolia’s decision to allow a visit by the exiled Tibetan leader, the Dalai Lama.

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hong Lei said today the protest is in keeping with China’s consistent opposition to any country that gives a platform to the Dalai Lama.

Beijing says the Dalai Lama is focused on splitting Tibet from China, a charge he denies.

Hong said “a solemn representation” has been made to Mongolia, a landlocked nation squeezed between Russia and China
whose people traditionally follow the Tibetan school of Buddhism.

The Dalai Lama, who has visited Mongolia several times, was making what was described as a religious visit. He is scheduled to give a lecture and meet Mongolian Buddhists before leaving on Thursday.

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